Navigating the LOACA years is much easier when we have wise women to share their tried-and-true tips with us. Below you’ll find words of wisdom and advice borne of experiences by LOACA like you. And, of course, we need you to join our ranks and share your wisdom here, too!

6 thoughts on “advice

  1. When I hear Monistat, I immediately think yeast infections. It’s what a friend told me to use when I was young/young and too embarrassed to talk to anyone else about it (because you know, only promiscuous young women, get yeast infections … but that’s a whole other story!). Anyways, my earliest memories of Monistat include sneaking around a small drug store trying to figure out how to pay for it without anyone seeing me. In a way, I guess it’s similar to the embarrassment I spent too many years carrying because my thighs rubbed together so much they would rub raw. [If you’re up for a little TMI, it’s the main reason to wear panty hose!] I can tell you all kinds of home remedies to try, but I don’t have to because I’ve been spending a good bit of time working through embarrassments and one of those had to do with my body. After trying several different products (I had no idea there are so many!), I stopped looking after I found MONISTAT’s Chafing Relief Gel. It’s less a gel than silky smoothness and it’s ridiculous to wait until you need it for relief: use it before your body parts that rub together begin to chafe.

  2. A few weeks ago a friend and I were comparing our vitamins for “women over-50.” I was actually surprised to learn that mine were so much more complete than were her, particularly since I’ve been supplementing mine with supplements we LOACA are often told we need in addition to our daily vitamins! My vitamin and extra calcium? Alive! Women’s 50+ Daily Multivitamin and Caltrate! Oh, and my 36-year old daughter told ME that both her and her husband’s doctors told them (separately) you should start taking co-Q10 when you turn 30!

  3. LOACA need to think twice before you jump. Literally. Jumping can lead to wet pants, unless you’re wearing what we call “Pee Pads.” No one told me I’d be trading my monthly supply of Kotex pads for Poise pads.

  4. Don’t be afraid to go gray. It was nice not having to color it again after four weeks and have never gone back. One trick for gray/silver/white hair: use purple (yes purple) shampoo and conditioner but be careful because some of them will leave a purplish tinge if you leave it on too long or use it too many times. I haven’t had problems with the OGX Luminescent and it’s Lavender. I’ve been using it for four years now. – meghan, 60 in Seattle

  5. There were times I didn’t want to have sex with my husband ever again because I’m “so dry down there” and sometimes “down there” even hurts without sex.It was a real problem because my husband’s a great lover! I learned that vaginal dryness is common before, during, and after menopause, and using a vaginal moisturizer can make a huge difference. I’ve tried both the Replens Long-Lasting Vaginal Moisturizer and the Vagisil Prohydrate Internal Vaginal Moisturizer that LOACA.Life recommends.

  6. A LOACA woman told me to start taking Remifemin everyday when I turned forty. I did. Twenty years later I’ve yet to “suffer” because of hot flashes and recommend it to every woman I see furiously fanning the flames of a hot flash. I did go through a few weeks of waking-up with moderate “nite sweats,” but heard about the Remifemin Good Night; tried it; and have never had another sweaty night again … except when the air conditioner isn’t working in the Summer. kt-b, 60 in MissouriI

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